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A guide to what the Oscars won’t show you

A guide to what the Oscars won’t show you

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It was a decision that was a long time coming — on Monday night, news broke that the 2019 Oscars telecast will officially relegate four of its less star-spangled awards to be handed out during commercial breaks. The time-saving decision has been skewered by filmmakers and critics alike, with Guillermo del Toro tweeting that the decision cuts at “the very heart of our craft.”

Indeed, how can one talk about a film without looking at its cinematography, editing, or makeup and hair styling — three of the categories that won’t be honored with live airtime during the 2019 ceremony? Or what of short live action films, whose filmmakers have a chance to be recognized on a national primetime stage just once a year?

As del Toro said, these awards celebrate the very essence of filmmaking. But they should be included in the live telecast for another reason as well — the competitions are as tight and exciting as any other Oscars race this year. Here is your guide to the nominees we won’t get to see, and the stakes in each competition.

Cinematography

Who’s nominated: Łukasz Żal for Cold War; Robbie Ryan for The Favourite; Caleb Deschanel for Never Look Away; Alfonso Cuarón for Roma; Matthew Libatique for A Star Is Born


The stakes: Cinematography is the biggest technical award that is given out at the Oscars. With the possible exception of the director, no one has more control on set than the cinematographer (who is also frequently called the director of photography, or DP). This award goes to the person who is responsible for actually capturing the movie’s memorable shots, which involves overseeing both the lighting and camera crews. For every stand-out scene — from the “Rock Around the Clock” dance in Cold War to pigeon-shooting in The Favorite to the light hitting Lady Gaga’s single glassy tear in the final shot of A Star Is Born — you have the DP to thank. Part of what makes the 2019 cinematography award so interesting, in addition to the tight competition, is that three of the five nominees are foreign films, a rarity at the Oscars. Additionally, all the nominees have never won an Oscar before.

The competition: Roma‘s Alfonso Cuarón is widely considered to be the frontrunner, which is all the more impressive since it’s his first time working as a cinematographer in almost 30 years. Cuarón, who also directed Roma, is better known for working with the legendary DP Emmanuel Lubezki on his movies like Gravity and Children of Men. Still, flying solo paid off, with Cuarón capturing the rich black-and-white palette of Roma on an Arriflex Alexa 65 digital camera.

I would not be surprised if we see an upset in this category, though. Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan, who worked on The Favorite, is long overdue for an award, with more than 80 projects under his belt to date (including a film I think is particularly beautifully shot, 2011’s Wuthering Heights). Working on The Favourite, Ryan used wide and fish-eye lenses, which gave his shots their distorted look, Indiewire reports. He also relied on all-natural light, in part as an apparent nod to John Alcott, who shot Barry Lyndon.

Caleb Deschanel is also overdue for an award — he’s been nominated for Best Cinematography six different times, including for The Passion of the Christ, The Patriot, and one of my favorite children’s movies, Fly Away Home. The Academy likes to award “always a bridesmaid” contenders, and Deschanel certainly fits the bill this time around for Never Look Away, which involves a climax he told Deadline was “the most complex scene I’ve ever done in my life.”

Many audiences will also already be familiar with the work of Matthew Libatique — he shot Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, and now A Star Is Born. Polish director Łukasz Żal, who, like Cuarón, shot in black-and-white, has previously been nominated for his work on 2013’s Ida, and is my personal favorite for this award due to his bold contrasts and elegant framing.

Film editing

Who’s nominated: Barry Alexander Brown for BlacKkKlansman; John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody; Yorgos Mavropsaridis for The Favourite, Patrick J. Don Vito for Green Book; Hank Corwin for Vice

Entering Day 3 of legitimately being angry about Bohemian Rhapsody.

This time I have video evidence.

Notice at the 11-second mark, the shot they cut to that has NOTHING in it.

Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for an Academy Award for best editing. pic.twitter.com/kBkTxUXG9C

— Reese Stephens (@reese_stephens) February 5, 2019

The stakes: Film editing is one of the most important parts of filmmaking, because it is quite literally what brings everything together. This award looks closely at the post-production construction of a coherent visual story, from making sure people’s gazes line up properly to controlling the movie’s rhythm and tone through cuts, montages, and visual metaphors. Ultimately, an editor can change the meaning of movie through her choices. It’s no wonder the role is so intimate with the director’s; many famous partnerships have been formed between the two roles.

This year’s competition is a fascinating match-up because of the different styles of editors. Hank Corwin’s energetic presence can be felt in the movies he edits, for example, a style he described to Deadline as “bouncing around” as he cuts from a United Nations speech to children playing. Yorgos Mavropsaridis, on the other hand, is more interested in revealing character tensions through his choices, butting opposing scenes up against each other.

The competition: Bohemian Rhapsody has swept editing awards at other competitions, including the top honors from the American Cinema Editors. I wouldn’t expect to see anything different at the Oscars. The film’s success in the editing category, though, has bewildered some critics, who note that many scenes in the film are visually confusing to the point of incoherence (one very good example can be seen in this scene; another example can be seen above). This is caused in part by an overabundance of cuts, speakers being off-camera for long and destabilizing amounts of time, and the inclusion of random, meaningless shots. Defenders of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s editing will argue that John Ottman was a large part of the reason the film got finished at all after director Bryan Singer was kicked off the set; again, it would not be surprising to see them honor that achievement with a golden statuette.

Meanwhile, Spike Lee’s longtime collaborator Barry Alexander Brown received his first Oscar nomination for BlacKkKlansman, which would be my personal choice for the editing award. Brown is in large part responsible for what comes across as Lee’s signature style, including playful and lively cuts as well as that incredibly somber and powerful ending to BlacKkKlansman. Brown also loves to bend the rules of editing, including by incorporating “double cuts” that show the same action twice — an “in joke” with Lee, he told Pro Video Coalition, as well as something of a signature.

Hank Corwin had his hands full editing Vice, which ricochets from cut to cut with director Adam McKay’s collage-style filmmaking; Vice didn’t always work for me, but it was a technical feat, and one Corwin repeated after doing much the same on McKay’s The Big Short. Greek editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis focused on juxtaposition in The Favourite, which would put contrasting shots jarringly back-to-back (a great interview on Mavropsaridis’ thought process is available at Film Independent). Editor Patrick J. Don Vito got his big film break with Green Book, having mostly worked as an assistant editor and on TV prior. Despite a resume stuffed with comedies (he was with the editing team on the Austin Powers movies), he proved himself deft at drama.

Live action shorts

Who’s nominated: Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon for Detainment; Jérémy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon for Fauve; Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset for Marguerite; Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado for Mother; Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman for Skin


The stakes: What qualifies as a “short film?” These days, I’d almost be inclined to say anything less than 90 minutes, although this category looks exclusively at movies with a running time of less than 40 minutes. While short films might have a reputation for being a film school rite of passage — many of the candidates up for Best Picture got their start making films like these — they are in fact their own art form. Think of it a little like a short story compared to a novel. And like short stories, sometimes these films can be as impressive as any big-budget features.

This year, you can definitely tell what sort of shorts were resonating with the Academy: Movies about children in trouble. As The Washington Post gently puts it, “Four of the five entries involve kids engaged in situations or behaviors that will profoundly trigger the maternal and paternal instinct to worry.”

The competition: Live action shorts are among the most neglected films at the Oscars, and as a result, it’s difficult to discern how the Academy is feeling about the nominees. There is no clear frontrunner for this group, although I’d hazard a guess that the Quebec film Fauve has a good chance. The film centers on an accident when two young boys are playing at an open pit mine; cast in pale colors, it is chillingly horrific and gut-wrenching. The film has already proven to resonate with audiences, winning the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and making the Toronto International Film Festival’s list of the Top 10 Canadian films of 2018.

The Spanish-language parental thriller Mother, by director Rodrigo Sorogoyen, is in the process of being developed into a longer film. In its short form, Mother is a single-location telephone-call between a young boy who phones his mother from a beach, saying his father is missing. On the minimal side — the film is a testament to how little you need to build effective tension — this might not be flashy enough for Oscar voters, but it has earned comparisons to fan favorites like Bird Box and Hereditary. The longest film of the bunch at half an hour is Detainment, which is based on the interrogation of the two 11-year-old boys who tortured and murdered 2-year-old James Bulger in 1993. The film is, as one can imagine, difficult to watch, and a bit over the top, but the acting by Ely Solan and Leon Hughes would be impressive even if they were adults. The film has faced some controversy after the mother of Bulger insisted it be withdrawn from the Oscars.

Skin is the only American film of the bunch and focuses on a family of skinheads; the film’s political relevance, as well as its feature-length acquisition by studio A24, makes this one Slant‘s bet to win. The Washington Post disagrees, putting its money on Marguerite, a French-Canadian drama about an elderly woman and her nurse — and, refreshingly, no children in peril. Marguerite swept film festivals since its premiere in November 2017, and would have been my predicted winner too if children weren’t so clearly on the mind this season.

Makeup and hairstyling

Who’s nominated: Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer for Border; Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks for Mary Queen of Scots; Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney for Vice


The stakes: When people refer to “movie magic,” they frequently don’t even realize they’re talking about the team responsible for makeup and hairstyling. While the award might sound frivolous, it is constantly the category that wows me the most — my eyes pop when I see Christian Bale transformed into Vice President Dick Cheney, or Saoirse Ronan turned into the regal Mary Queen of Scots. This year’s competition is particularly fierce, and I could respect the Oscar going to any of the teams contending here.

The competition: If I had to pick, though, I would guess that transforming Bale and Steve Carell into Cheney and George W. Bush will win the top award. While Bale was in large part responsible for his physical transformation, he also had an Oscar-award winning team of makeup effects artists behind him, including Greg Cannom, who is known for his work on Mrs. Doubtfire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Maybe my favorite transformation of the year, though, was of Eva Melander into a troll in the Swedish film Border. Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer worked to reconstruct the shape of Melander’s face, while never losing the soul of the character that lay beneath; they did the same, even more grotesquely, with Melander’s costar, Eero Milonoff. The artistry at work here reminds me of old Hollywood monster-making, and is a classic example of how hair and makeup can be the biggest strength of a film.

The most traditional contender, though, is Mary Queen of Scots, a period piece that allowed the three-person team to show off their authentic, historically-appropriate makeup and hair skills. In particular, Mary Queen of Scots benefited from makeup artist Jenny Shircore, who had previously won an Oscar for Elizabeth. More even than makeup, though, I was impressed by what this team could do with hair. What towering achievements! With the whole category so competitive across the bored, it’s a shame we won’t get to see the results of this one live.

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Go inside the Armani Box pop-up, featuring interactive installations, new products, and a giant gold gorilla

Go inside the Armani Box pop-up, featuring interactive installations, new products, and a giant gold gorilla

Last night, Giorgio Armani Beauty hosted the launch of its ultra-glam traveling pop-up, Armani Box, on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. Open until March 24th, 2019, Armani Box is a totally immersive, interactive, and, tbh, mesmerizing pop-up shop with a seemingly endless list of things to do upon walking through the doors.

From virtual makeup application stations, to iPads that can record and post your makeup consultations on social media (essentially creating a makeup tutorial video for you—and you don’t even have to do anything), to vending machines filled with some of the most iconic Giorgio Armani Beauty products, you can be sure that you won’t run out of things to do in the chic red space.

Makeup and Armani fragrances line the walls of the Armani Box, and you can also receive makeup touchups from Armani makeup artists. Even better? A VIP room can be booked for personal shopping appointments.

New products like the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric High Coverage Stretchable Concealer and Foundation Balm are also available to shop, and you can get your lip products engraved with your name before you leave.

In case all of that somehow didn’t sell you (rly?), Armani Box also serves as a temporary home to Uri, a giant gold gorilla statue, created by Italian artist Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. The gorilla is a replica of a black one that’s in Giorgio Armani’s house in Milan.

The Armani Box is located at 8473 Melrose Place in West Hollywood, California.

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The worst celebrity plastic surgeries

The worst celebrity plastic surgeries

Celebrities are no strangers when it comes to plastic surgery. Also, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that Americans spend more than $16 billion on cosmetic procedures annually. However, plastic surgery can go wrong for you. Here is a list of celebrity plastic surgeries gone wrong.

Farah Abraham

In an episode of The Doctors in 2015, Teen Mom star revealed how her lips enlarged before she even got a single permanent injection. “As soon as he touched my lip with whatever numbing product he put in there, my lip was having an allergic reaction right away,” she stated. “I was laying down flat, but I was seeing more of my lip come up and come up. I’m just super happy that I’m alive.” Abraham later went on E! series Botched, and they explained to her that the “swelling could’ve gone into your tongue, the back of your throat, cut off your airway and basically choked you to death.” The Mirror reported how Abraham got a third breast augmentation to fix “burning and pain issues” from past surgeries.

Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian endured some amazing transformation over the years, and while she managed to do everything naturally, like losing weight by going to the gym, her lips weren’t amazing. She confessed that going for a lip injection made her face look “f***ed.” “It did not work for me,” she said on an episode of Kocktails with Khloe. “I looked crazy, and I still think the effects are in there.”

Kathy Griffin

In a YouTube video with makeup magnate Jeffree Star, Griffin confessed that she left surgeries “about five years ago” because she “realized I did not turn into Jennifer Aniston, which was the plan.” Griffin stated that she was “botched by Botched” by an upper-lip chemical peel done by one of the doctors on E!’s reality show. She was seemingly left with unchanging discoloration, but this wasn’t the worst that happened to her. People stated that Griffin underwent near-fatal difficulties after getting liposuction on her “stomach, thighs and the inside of [her] knees” in 1999. “When I woke up I was not able to pee. I got toxicity and had to go to the emergency room and wear a catheter for a week,” she revealed. “It was life-threatening, and the results were nonexistent. In fact, I started running after that and got much better results.”

Dana Delany

As stated by The Hollywood Reporter, women in Los Angeles “receive twice as many filler, laser and Botox treatments” as their companions on the other shore. Dana Delany was one of them. “My dermatologist was saying, ‘You should try it,’” she shared with Prevention in a 2010 interview. “He injected my forehead, hit a nerve, and created a huge hematoma. The nerve has been dead ever since.” The nerve destruction left her with a “droopy right eye” and a hatred for plastic surgery.

Priscilla Presley

TMZ published how Priscilla saw Dr. Daniel Serrano sometime “around 2003.” The Argentinian doctor had been giving out supposable “miracle injections that worked better than Botox” to Hollywood stars, like Larry King’s wife, Shawn King. The value of each injection was within $300 and $500. However, Serrano wasn’t a licensed doctor, and Daily Mail reported that he was “only licensed as a nurse” when Presley went to see him. His miracle injections were actually second-rate industrial silicone, the same material used to oil your car when it’s in the shop. His work created “lumps, paralysis, and holes” in his victims’ faces, and Shawn King was given a “lump in her lip that made it difficult to speak and drink liquids.”

Denise Richards

In an interview with Us Weekly, she confessed that she laments having a boob job. She stated how she was only 19 years old when she went to surgery, and she didn’t accurately investigate her doctor because she was in “such a hurry” to have bigger breasts. She had at the end “bigger implants” than she asked. When she went to a second surgery, to correct the damage that has been made, it resulted in even bigger implants. “I felt very vulnerable,” she said. “I was getting ready to film Wild Things, and I didn’t want to get into a lawsuit with some plastic surgeon. It wasn’t right what the doctor did, but it is what it is.” Richards ultimately got a third surgery to make her breasts the dimension she had always desired. “I’m happy with them now,” she shared with Us Weekly. “But in a year that could change.”

Cardi B

GQ published that the reason Cardi B went to have surgery was that of her job as a stripper and because her partner had cheated on her with a woman who “had a fat, big a**.” Cardi B shared with Vlad TV how she was “desperate to have a bigger a**, and then almost every girl was going to this lady that was getting the shots in Queens, and it’s like, ‘Well, give me her number and hook me up.’” Cardi’s surgery cost her only $800, However, the surgery is forbidden in the US, but she felt like it was “the craziest pain” she ever had. Cardi B shared with GQ that she was in so much pain that she believed she might “pass out.” The injection dripped for “like, five days,” and when she wanted to come back to the surgeon so that she could repair the damage, the surgeon was seemingly in jail because someone supposedly “died on her table.”

Tori Spelling

In a 2011 interview with Good Morning, America Spelling stated that she would never have touched her breasts “if I had known it would or could possibly impact production of milk.” In 2014 she still wasn’t happy with her surgery, and that was discussed on her reality TV show, True Tori. Daily Mail, who recapped the episode, stated that her breasts were “expired and recalled,” in the third stage of breast thickening and that they “should have been removed 15 years ago.” “If someone had said to me when I was 20 years old, ‘by the way, every 10 to 15 years you’re going to need to get these suckers replaced’ I wouldn’t have done it,” Tori revealed.

Lala Kent

“So, I’ve had every part of my face injected,” she shared with People. “The things I’ve decided to stop doing is the filler in the cheekbones, the Botox above the eyebrow and the lips because I just feel like I’m a walking cat-duck. It looks like a cat and a duck had a baby and that’s me.”

Tara Reid

In a 2006 interview with Us Weekly, Reid revealed that her surgeon increased the size of her breast implants despite her demand for “big Bs.” An unexpected nip slip in 2004 showed that things were even worse than what it seemed. The doctor had botched her nipple and the following pictures that traveled online “devastated” her. Reid also got some body contouring from the same doctor, which had likewise terrible consequences. “My stomach became the most ripply, bulgy thing,” she shared with Us Weekly. “I had a hernia, this huge bump next to my bellybutton. As a result, I couldn’t wear a bikini. I lost a lot of work.” Reid finally had a corrective operation.

Heidi Montag

Entertainment Tonight stated how Montag had numerous operations, from “fat injections in her face” and “pinned-back ears” to breast implants and a nose job during a course of 24 hours. Montag confessed to Paper that it was a “rock-bottom moment” in her life. “I died for a minute. With that much surgery, I had to have 24-hour nurse care and Spencer didn’t want to leave my side,” she admitted. “I was at a recovery center and had Demerol to deal with the pain because it was so extreme. My security guards called Spencer and told him, ‘Heidi’s heart stopped. She’s not going to make it.’ And I easily could’ve. Cutting yourself up isn’t something I’d recommend.”

Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey is most famous for her role in 1987’s Dirty Dancing. Two years after the movie, she had what she called “the nose job from hell.” Grey shared with The Mirror how she “went into the -operating room a ¬celebrity and came out anonymous.” “I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody ¬recognizes because of a nose job.” Luckily for her, she became a successful voice actor, and she worked for six years voicing characters on the animated series Phineas and Ferb. She also appeared in the Amazon Prime series Red Oaks.

Source: nickiswift.com

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Covington Catholics Banned Gay Valedictorian from Giving Speech

Covington Catholics Banned Gay Valedictorian from Giving Speech

The teen boys in MAGA hats who mocked a native American elder during the Indigenous Peoples March in a video that went viral this weekend, arrived at the protest in Washington D.C. from Covington Catholic High School in Covington, Ky. a district where, just this May, the Catholic diocese banned a gay valedictorian from delivering his speech calling it  “inappropriate,” according to USA Today. 

Students from Covington Catholic High School made the trip to DC to attend the Right to Life March this weekend. In the video that’s gone viral, the gang of white male teens in red MAGA proudly taunted Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder with the Omaha Nation and a Vietnam veteran. They shouted, “Build the wall” at him as he continued singing the American Indian Movement song, according to Newsweek

Phillips later told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he attempted to diffuse a dust-up between the Covington teens and a group of Black Hebrew Israelites at the protests at the Lincoln Memorial. 

A few members of the Black Hebrew Israelites were “saying some harsh things,” Phillips said, adding that one of them spit toward the Catholic students.

“So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place,” he said.

“They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillips told the Detroit Free Press. “I was there and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong.”

At one point, someone with the Black Hebrew Israelites began railing about “sodomy” and “homosexuals.” He turned to the Covington Catholic teens in their MAGA hats and said, “Your president is a homosexual.” One of the teens countered by saying “that’s homophobic,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

Still, when Phillips stepped in to help break up the tension, the Covington teens turned their attention to him. 

The Diocese of Covington has issued an apology for the boys’ behavior, adding that the teens could face expulsion. 

The diocese offered its “deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips.”

“This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person,” the religious organization said in a statement, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

But the diocese slamming the behavior of boys under its jurisdiction is also responsible for banning gay teen Christian Bales of Holy Cross High School from delivering his valedictorian speech at graduation claiming the speech was not turned in on time for diocesan review. Although, his speech was initially accepted. After the diocese got involved, Bales’s principal told him it was “inappropriate.” The student council president was also not allowed to deliver her speech after the Diocese of Covington deemed it “too personal.” 

As for Bales, who is openly gay, he said that he’d been singled out prior to graduation for his gender nonconforming appearance and had agreed to conform to the school’s dress code for graduation. 

“I have been on their radar as a rather non-gender conforming individual,” Bales said. “I have worn makeup and bobby pins in my hair to school before. So it seems too much of a coincidence for my critical thinking to think this was just about the speech itself,” Bales said. “But I wasn’t going to go up there and give my speech in full drag.”

Because he could not speak from the podium, Bales delivered his speech using a megaphone on the lawn of his high school. 

“The young people must be willing to speak candidly about issues, and we mustn’t tremble in the face of the institutions that try to silence us,” Bales said through a megaphone at the time. 

  

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The LC.com Edit

The LC.com Edit

We may have a week and a half of 2019 under our belts already, but we have to admit, we’re still holding on to a little bit of that holiday vacation state of mind. Basically, we’re happily looking forward to doing nothing but relaxing this weekend (preferably in our favorite pair of joggers, with games, and warm tortilla soup). We’re sharing all of that and more below, so keep scrolling to see what we’re currently crushing on…

DIY celestial headband

DIY celestial headband

1. DIY Celestial Stars & Moons Headband via …Love Maegan


The celestial hair accessory trend is alive and well this year. (Just ask my hair stylist.) A lot of the crystal headbands, clips, and pins out there can cost a pretty penny, but this DIY version looks just as cute with an updo and is budget-friendly too. –Lauren, Editor-in-Chief

the tot banwood balance bike

2. The Tot Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike, $189


For Christmas this year we got Liam his first bike. Because this little bike doesn’t have pedals, Liam can push himself around and learn to balance before getting a big boy bike. Plus, how cute is the tiny basket on the front? I was instantly sold. –Lauren, Editor-in-Chief

Monica Wang Photography

3. Interior Photography by Monica Wang


Monica shoots some of the prettiest interiors, and this photo is one of the latest that stopped me in my tracks. I can’t get over that marbled wallpaper and velvet chair combo. –Lauren, Editor-in-Chief

LC Lauren Conrad joggers

4. LC Lauren Conrad Weekend Drawstring Jogger Pants, $30


I took this pair of pants home from a photo shoot and originally intended to wear them as PJs. But I’ve failed to change out of my PJs in the morning and worn them out in public more times than I should admit! They’re just so cozy that I never want to take them off—and luckily the beautiful mauve hue and great fit make them perfectly presentable to wear out of the house as well. –Ilana, Managing Editor

the little market ceramic box

5. The Little Market Ceramic Box, $24


One of my goals in the New Year is to revamp my organization in my bathroom. Right now it’s purely practical, but I know the addition of these pretty ceramic boxes would make storing even boring basics a little more chic. –Kiera, Editorial Intern

pottery barn faux potted fiddle leaf fig tree

6. Pottery Barn Faux Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, $199-$299


As someone who can’t even keep a succulent alive (seriously, I’ve tried), I’ve been way too scared to commit to a real house plant that requires any sort of maintenance or care. So, after spending an afternoon at my friend Madison’s apartment and seeing how amazing her faux fiddle leaf fig trees looked, I decided to get one for myself. I did a bunch of research on the most realistic looking ones, and landed on this one from Pottery Barn. I love how it looks, and it brings added color and dimension to my apartment. Plus, I don’t have to worry about it dying anytime soon! –Rachel, Managing Editor

wild one dog walk kit

7. Wild One Walk Kit, $105


I recently discovered Wild One and their pet items on Instagram, and I’m so glad that I did! Not only do they have leashes and collars, but they have beautifully designed dog carriers, toys, and other necessities. What really sold me on their Walk Kit was the fact that it comes with a collar, leash, and poop bag carrier that are all stain, odor, and dirt resistant. If you have a dog as playful and prone to messes as mine, then you understand that these qualities are essential. I ordered the blush Walk Kit for my dog, but they also come in so many other cool colors! –Jessi, Senior Editor

8. Mauve Smokey Eye via @ginashkeda


My makeup routine is admittedly pretty simple, but I am completely obsessed with watching makeup videos on Instagram and getting ideas on what I could try next time I branch out. (I know I’m not the only one!) Let’s just say I watched this video once and immediately ordered mauve eyeliner—seriously. –Tessa, Associate Editor

goop vegan tortilla soup

9. Goop 3-Bean Vegan Tortilla Soup


I regularly turn to Goop for healthy dinner recipes, and this one is my newest favorite. The whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and is full of flavor along with good-for-you ingredients. –Ilana, Managing Editor

codenames game

10. Codenames, $14.89


You know a game’s good when you can play it multiple times in one day without getting bored, and this one was on rotation for the whole New Year’s weekend. The game is pretty easy to understand, so you won’t have to sift through pages of instructions, and the team element makes for some hilarious strategizing. Definitely a winner in my book! –Kiera, Editorial Intern

What’s your new favorite find of 2019 so far?

Share it all with us in the comments below.

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